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MATCHDAY 30 RESULTS
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0 FC Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hannover 96 1-2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
VfB Stuttgart 2-2 SC Freiburg
Hamburger SV 3-2 FC Augsburg
1. FC Köln 1-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Bayern München 1-0 Hertha Berlin
SC Paderborn 07 2-2 SV Werder Bremen
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Monday 27 April
Thank you and bis bald !
It's been another thrilling Matchday in the German top flight, with Bayern München clinching their 24th Bundesliga title on Sunday. We'll be back with a new edition of bulletins on Thursday as the Bundesliga gets into gear for Matchday 31!
Schalke goalkeeper Fabian Giefer is unlikely to partake in team training again this season, according to Germany's largest specialist football magazine kicker. The 24-year-old has been out of action since tearing an abductor muscle against FC Bayern on Matchday 19.
Haciendo la compra! Einkaufen! At the supermarket! ✌ pic.twitter.com/myrX0TODQb— Juan Bernat (@JuanBernat) April 27, 2015
Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai was the first to congratulate Pep Guardiola on winning the 2015 Bundesliga title, while there was plenty of congratulations for their own teams' performances from the likes of Jürgen Klopp and Lucien Favre. You can get all the coaches' reactions to Matchday 30 by clicking here.
Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger moved into exalted company with the Bavarians' latest Bundesliga triumph. He joins club legends Oliver Kahn and Mehmet Scholl in an elite group of players to have won a whopping eight Bundesliga titles.
Still just waking up? Why not check out the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel for the goal that rubber-stamped FC Bayern's 24th Bundesliga title triumph and simultaneously secured Gladbach at least a place in next season's UEFA Champions League play-offs...
BVB will be without first-choice goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller for tomorrow's trip to the Allianz Arena. The 34-year-old, who missed the 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, has been ruled out for around two weeks with a bruised pelvis and adductor strain. Australian international Mitch Langerak will once again man the sticks.
Happy Birthday, "Iron Manni"! pic.twitter.com/7MaFTw8XGR— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 27, 2015
Pep Guardiola's personnel problems have been well documented, but it would appear there is at last light at the end of the tunnel. After Bastian Schweinsteiger made a goal-scoring return against Hertha at the weekend for a game which also saw long-term absentee Javi Martinez back on the Bayern bench, it looks like Arjen Robben and Medhi Benatia are about to follow suit...
There were joyous scenes on the streets of Munich last night after Wolfsburg's 1-0 defeat at Gladbach ensured FC Bayern cannot be caught at the top of the standings. The 2014/15 champions themselves have little time to celebrate, though, with a DFB Cup semi-final against Dortmund coming up on Tuesday night. The Bavarians are chasing their third domestic double on the spin, as well as a second treble in three years.
Sunday 26 April
Gladbach's victory means that Wolfsburg can no longer mathematically catch Bayern - and congratulations from around the country have already been pouring in for the record champions:
Gladbach were outstanding in the Matchday 30 curtain-closer at home to Wolfsburg and deservedly took all three points after Max Kruse netted a late winner. The result means the Foals are now guaranteed a place in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round at the very least next season. Click here to read our full match report.
In desperate need of points to stave off relegation, Paderborn began brightly at home to Bremen this afternoon and raced to a 2-0 lead. However, the visitors pegged them back to draw 2-2, leaving Moritz Stoppelkamp (l.) and Co. second-bottom of the table.
TEAM NEWS: SV Werder Bremen
TEAM NEWS: SC Paderborn 07
League leaders having a laugh
FC Bayern are loving life at the top of the table if this promotional video is anything to go by:
Struggling for form and at risk of dropping out of the top six, FC Schalke 04 have decided to organise a mini-training camp ahead of their Matchday 31 clash with relegation-threatened VfB Stuttgart. "We have to exhaust all our options in order to qualify for the Europa League," explained coach Roberto Di Matteo. "That's why we will go to Marienfeld."
With a DFB Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund and a UEFA Champions League double header against FC Barcelona on the horizon, Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München were delighted to be able to welcome two first team regulars back into the fold on Sunday.
Had a nice dinner with my teammates after the game pic.twitter.com/BKDFjIlnAc— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) April 26, 2015
Bayer 04 Leverkusen will have to make do without the services of Greek centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign after the club confirmed that the 23-year-old dislocated his shoulder in the 1-1 draw with 1. FC Köln on Saturday.
Hey there folks. After yesterday's drama, we've got another day of guaranteed excitement lined up. As well as some pivotal games in the race for promotion in Bundesliga 2, there are two massive match-ups in the top tier. Relegation-threatened SC Paderborn 07 are up first against top-seven hopefuls SV Werder Bremen, before VfL Wolfsburg tackle Borussia Mönchengladbach, needing to win to keep the title race alive. Anything else and FC Bayern will be crowned champions with four games to spare.
Saturday 25 April
On the ground where he won the Champions League with Chelsea against Bayern back in 2012, Salomon Kalou will be one of Hertha's key weapons against the champions-in-waiting this evening.
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Friday 24 April
That's it for our live coverage for today, but make sure to check back with us bright and early on Saturday, when we'll have plenty more build-up and news from around the Bundesliga ahead of a busy schedule of afternoon fixtures.
Bayern's route to Berlin plotted
In other news, the draw for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League has taken place with FC Bayern München learning what their last hurdle to the final in Berlin is. Click here to find out who they will face.
Since taking charge of Hertha, Pal Dardai has reinvigorated the club from the capital and the threat of relegation has now almost been eliminated. Ahead of this week's trip to Munich to face Bayern, bundesliga.com has taken a closer look at how the Hungarian's work has saved the Old Lady's season.
The countdown to the end of Jürgen Klopp's reign as Dortmund coach has begun, but his players will want nothing less than to give him the very best of send-offs, ideally glory in the DFB Cup and/or European qualification through the league. That will be the motivation for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Co. once again this week.
Bad news for Berlin
Up against league leaders FC Bayern München this weekend and looking to throw a spanner in the Bavarians' potential title-winning exploits, Hertha Berlin have been dealt a potential blow with BILD reporting that Dutch winger Roy Beerens could miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
Five games without a win has seen Schalke's hopes of clinching a top-four finish dissipate, but they still have Europa League qualification to play for when they travel to Mainz on Friday. The hosts have turned things around under new coach Martin Schmidt, but are not mathematically assured of survival just yet. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive preview...
Thursday 23 April
You can read more on Badstuber's latest injury setback here. You have to feel for the lad, don't you?
Anyway, that's it from us for today, but we'll be back on Friday morning with more build-up to Mainz's clash with Schalke and the rest of the weekend's action. See you all then!
What a blow: Holger @Badstuber (26) is injured again! Thigh muscle tear, surgery required. 3-4 months out. Never give up, Holger!— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 23, 2015
Two local derbies, a top-four head to head and a potentially title clinching clash in Munich!? To whet your appetite for what promises to be an edge-of-your -seat Matchday 30, check out this stat packbundesliga.com has put together with the most pertinent factoids surrounding this weekend's fixtures.
Dortmund have been plagued by injury issues throughout their troublesome campaign and it appears as if it will be no different on Saturday. "Marco Reus and Lukascz Piszczek will train with the team again today, Ilkay Gündogan trained individually and Kevin Großkreutz still has a little niggle. However, if Saturday comes too early for Marco, it would be nice if he was available on Tuesday."
The Jürgen Klopp farewell tour appears to be well underway now and with Frankfurt up next for Dortmund, it seems their head coach in good spirits. "I'm really looking forward to the last phase of this season. The reverse fixture was one of the bizarre games we featured in during the first half of the season," said Klopp of the Matchday 13 2-0 loss to the Eagles.
"Everyone's working, everyone's running and the keepers are making saves. The players are making it a lot of fun for me," said Dardai of the discipline and quality being shown by his charges which he wants to see put into practice on the pitch. "I want to see us demonstrate in the game what we've been doing in training. If that happens the result doesn't matter as much."
While sporting director Michael Preetz underlined that Hertha "aren't going to Munich to congratulate Bayern", Berlin's head coach Pal Dardai kept expectations low ahead of the clash with the league leaders. "No one will be surprised to learn that we're not going there as the favorites, but we're seven games unbeaten. A draw would be a huge success."
Frontzeck also revealed ahead of Saturday’s encounter that Hiroshi Kiyotake (r.) is "a doubt" for the HDI Arena clash, but a decision whether the Japanese playmaker will be part of the squad facing Hoffenheim will be made tomorrow, with both Hiroki Sakai and Ceyhun Gülselam out suspended.
At his first pre-match press conference, new Hannover head coach Michael Frontzeck called for his players to show no fear when the struggling Reds entertain 1899 Hoffenheim in his first match in the 96ers dugout. “It doesn’t help to be frightened on a football pitch. But I haven’t noticed any fear of relegation in the side anyway.”
Jürgen Klopp and Dortmund will be hosting Frankfurt on Saturday in the second installment of the coach's farewell tour. The charismatic BVB boss, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season, has made it clear he is hoping for a positive ending to his Dortmund years. “We want to press everything out of this season right until the end."
Champions League qualification might look out of reach for Schalke with the Royal Blues trailing fourth-place Gladbach by twelve points, but attacking gem Max Meyer warns his side need maximum points away to Mainz in the Matchday 30 opener to remain on track for a place in Europe: “We have to give it our all and get a win.”
Meanwhile, both the race for Europe and the battle against the drop remain as hard-fought as ever in Germany's top tier. Ten sides are still in the mix for the four remaining top-six spots, while just four points separate bottom-placed Hamburg and 14th. Don't miss out on our run-in graphics by clicking the two above links!
Hello and welcome to another round of Bundesliga action! Bayern München are in with a chance of securing the Bundesliga title with four weeks to spare should VfL Wolfsburg fail to pick up three points in Mönchengladbach, only five days after THAT historic Champions League night at home to FC Porto.